16 December 2014

PM Kindergarten Sing Around

Here is a short video and a few photos of our PM kindergarten performing their Christmas songs.



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13 December 2014

How To Writing

For the past few weeks during writing time we have been working on producing non fiction writing specifically, "how to" writing.  Students discovered that not only are they writers but also teachers who can instruct others with their writing.  We first made lists of things we could write about in the how to format.  We learned that this type of writing is different from the personal narrative stories we had written before.  Students have been writing step by step instructions to tell how to make hot chocolate, how to make a snowman, how to make a pizza, how to brush you teeth and many more.  Ask your child about the steps we learned when writing how to stories:
  • make a list of ideas
  • write down the things you need
  • get/make how to writing paper
  • point to the boxes and say the steps aloud
  • sketch in the boxes what will happen in each step
  • write instructions to match the sketches
  • check to make sure the instructions make sense

05 December 2014

Wants And Needs


In our Kindergarten Social Studies Core one standard states that students will:  Recognize that people have basic needs (food, shelter, and clothing) and wants (toys, games, treats).  A:  Identify the difference between basic wants and needs.  B:  Explain that families have needs and wants.  C:  Describe how basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing, can be met.  We have been talking about these basic needs and how many of the things children think they "need" are really "wants".  We read a picture book called, Crispin:  The Pig Who Had It All in which a pig who has lots of toys realized that what he really wants are good friends who care about him and want to spend time with him.  Students discussed how it is more important to love and care for each other than to get lots of presents.

19 November 2014

Fall Fun

We have been busy the past couple of weeks!  We have had lots of fun reading different versions of The Little Red Hen and comparing and contrasting the books.  Students were able to make a sequencing page of the story of the Little Red Hen.  Ask your child to use these pictures to retell the story to your family.  We had fun class discussions about the choice The Little Red Hen made in the story to not share her bread with the other animals because they didn't help her.  Students decided whether or not they would share their bread with others if they were The Little Red Hen and we created a class graph of the students' choices.

We also read The Enormous Watermelon and other "enormous" books which included:  The Enormous Carrot, Big Pumpkin, The Enormous Potato, and The Enormous Turnip.  Students were able to discuss and identify the characters, setting, problem and resolution in each of the stories.  We also brainstormed other words that mean "enormous" such as gigantic, large, huge, humongous, big, and massive.

All of these books helped the students learn about other comprehension strategies:  prediction and questioning.  We will be focusing on using these strategies as we read books aloud together.  Students are able to make predictions of what they think will happen next in the story.  We have also been talking about the importance of asking questions before, during and after reading.  Sometimes questions are answered in the text and some of the answers to our questions are left up to our own imaginations.  We will continue working on using questioning strategies when reading for then next few months.

We are still working on handwriting of numbers through 10 and letters f, k, o, w, and z.  Practice phonemic awareness skills of being able to identify beginning sounds of words and blending phonemes (individual sounds) together.

Next month students will need to pass off rote counting to 100 and counting objects to 20.  Please practice these skills at home with your child.  We have also been working on developing our number sense by focusing on a number and finding all the ways to build that number or all of the combinations to make that number.  Such as, 5 can be 1 and 4; 2 and 3; 0 and 5; 4 and 1 or 3 and 2.

Reminders:
November 26-28: Thanksgiving Holiday - NO School


07 November 2014

Four Seasons

This week we have been reading and learning about the four seasons of the year. We have been able to read several fact books about the four seasons and learn about what happens in each season. We also have learned and discussed what the weather is like in each season, what we wear in each season and what animals do in the different seasons. Students have been doing a great job of using their reading strategies to help them gather information from the books we have read.

We have also focused a lot on the difference between facts and opinions. Students should be able to tell you what a fact is and what an opinion is. At home talk with your child and help them share their opinion about a fact you have heard.  We focused on the fall season and identified facts about the fall season and our opinions about the fall season.

At school we have been busy building repeating patterns with blocks, pictures, and tiles. We have worked on simple patterns such as AB, ABB, AAB, and ABC. Use a variety of objects, movements, and sounds to create patterns with your child. Ask your child to define "repeating pattern" and they should be able to tell you that a pattern is something that repeats or goes over and over again and you can tell what comes next. Have your child identify the core (the part that repeats) of patterns you create together.

We have continued handwriting practice and have worked on handwriting of the following letters: a, d, g, h, t, x, b, i, l, p, s and f. Thank you for continuing practicing handwriting on the homework with your child. We have also continued identifying rhyming words and identifying beginning sounds of words orally.




29 October 2014

Pumpkinland!

We had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Vineyard Nursery and enjoy their "Pumpkinland".  In class we have been discussing and learning about the four seasons and specifically the fall season.  We have been talking about the signs of fall and this was the perfect opportunity to see the signs of fall.  We had lots of fun looking at the different types of pumpkins and gourds.  Students got lost in a corn maze and also were able to see how corn grows.  We also were able to see giant sunflowers and talk about how we get sunflower seeds from the heads of the sunflowers.

Students worked on an "I Spy" page in which they looked for various items throughout Pumpkinland.  It was a fun day and we appreciate all of the parents who were able to help us out by attending the field trip and helping students enjoy their day!  Thank you!








26 October 2014

Pumpkinland Field Trip

Just a reminder about our field trip coming up on Tuesday, October 28th.  We will be outside the whole day so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Also, students will not be bringing a pumpkin home from the field trip.

On Friday, October 31st we will have our Halloween parades.  Morning kindergarten parade will be at 11:15am and the afternoon kindergarten parade will be at 1:30pm.  They are welcome to wear their costumes all day.